Walkable Streets

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Are you getting the change you want from the status quo?

The future of communities is being written by land-use regulations. If we want to intentionally author our future, we had better get busy and consider the options.

Thu, Mar 5th 2015 4:17pm
Good news, bad news: Placemaking marred by traffic engineering

Bridgeport, CT, is launching a large-scale redevelopment of an underutilized waterfront, but when will engineers understand human ecology?

Wed, Mar 4th 2015 10:51am
Space required in cars and on foot

Cars are space hogs. That goes double when you consider the multiple parking spaces that each car requires.

Thu, Feb 12th 2015 10:23am
Dallas-Fort Worth is a laboratory for placemaking

The region is at a crossroads between Texas-sized sprawl and connected, walkable neighborhoods. Every national issue on land use and transportation is playing out in DFW and will be debated at CNU.

Mon, Feb 9th 2015 10:45am
Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?

Can a licensed engineer question the appalling safety record resulting from standard industry practices and be allowed to remain in the industry?

Wed, Feb 4th 2015 4:29pm
System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?

Mon, Jan 19th 2015 9:41am
‘Good bones’ are the key to good urbanism

Now we have two systems—one with good bones, completed about 100 years ago. The other, without good bones, comprises most of our metro areas.

Sat, Jan 3rd 2015 2:03pm
Seeking more than a few good transportation engineers

The job is to design street networks as good and sustainable and resilient as the ones we built 100 years ago—better, if possible—and to train more than a few transportation engineers who are up to that task.

Wed, Dec 17th 2014 10:14am
What is a livable community, anyway?

In this modern era, the idea of livable communities may be less real to many people than Santa Claus. Yet as long as love, courage, and excellence are real, so are livable communities.

Tue, Dec 30th 2014 11:11am
Streets for people, freeways, and a spectacular solution

Seoul reengineers a freeway into a stream—most observers seem to consider the project a net plus for the city.

Wed, Dec 24th 2014 8:46am
As evidence mounts, drumbeat for walkable streets grows

The evidence keeps piling up to support reform in street design and traffic engineering.

Mon, Dec 22nd 2014 4:15pm
How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 7:05am
A computerized method to judge streetscape quality

The importance of continuous, connected building facades that lined streets and defined their form has been noted for more than a century. Beautiful public spaces have a sense of enclosure; they feel like outdoor rooms. 

Fri, Nov 21st 2014 9:25am
Our streets are overbuilt—we need an incremental approach

I was most struck by Mahogany Bay Village's street, which is packed dirt and sand lined by small buildings. This is the essence of Lean Urbanism.

Fri, Oct 17th 2014 11:03am
Four types of placemaking

Placemaking is the process of creating quality places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in.

Fri, Oct 10th 2014 2:19pm
Get rid of 12-foot lanes

Urban places are undermined daily across the US by overbuilt streets that are dangerous and costly to build and maintain.

Mon, Oct 6th 2014 12:40pm
Battle cry of British street designer: ‘Remove traffic signals’

The idea of “shared space” has captured the collective imaginations of North American urbanists — partly due to English architect and urban designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie.

Thu, Sep 11th 2014 1:37pm
A low-cost approach to walkability

Making downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, more walkable doesn’t have to cost a bundle, according to consultant Jeff Speck.

Thu, Aug 28th 2014 10:33am
Stroad nation

We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval.

Wed, Aug 27th 2014 8:25am
Twelve steps to cut pedestrian deaths

Here’s a few of practical steps to slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Wed, Aug 20th 2014 3:02pm
New shared-space waterfront for DC

A 12-block waterfront redevelopment broke ground in Washington DC that extensively uses the concept of "share-space" streets for the purpose of placemaking.

Fri, Jul 25th 2014 1:40pm
Five steps to a complete community

Here are changes needed to make a small apartment complex in Chico truly walkable.

Thu, Jul 24th 2014 10:02am
Streetcar is approved for Columbia Pike

Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia, one of the more successful commercial strip redevelopment areas spurred by a form-based code, will get a streetcar.

Mon, Jul 21st 2014 11:57am
What makes a good Main Street work?

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others – like Corning’s – remain thriving to this day. Why? Location is important, but design and context also matter.

Wed, May 28th 2014 1:07pm
Keys to a better streetscape

When Burlingame completes the makeover of its main street, it may be one of the most beautiful streets in Northern California. Here's what I saw ... 

Sat, May 24th 2014 7:26am

Research

System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?

Mon, Jan 19th 2015 9:41am
As evidence mounts, drumbeat for walkable streets grows

The evidence keeps piling up to support reform in street design and traffic engineering.

Mon, Dec 22nd 2014 4:15pm
How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 7:05am

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Transformations

Editor's Picks

‘Shared-space’ streets cross the Atlantic

Cities in the western and eastern US are starting to let motorists and pedestrians deal with one another more intuitively.

Tue, Feb 16th 2010 1:15pm

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